Inside Review: Top prospects for NCAAF playoffs

The regular season of college football is drawing to a close and teams are looking forward to the College Football Playoff Committee’s First Listing of the season. The two most important games in that light for this week are: #4 LSU versus #7 Alabama and #17 Florida State versus #3 Clemson.

Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples had this very insightful message to share: “The season truly begins next week for the Big 12′s contenders. Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will all play one another in the month of November. This decision to backload the schedule could keep the Big 12 out of the top four of the first Playoff Selection Committee ranking because the league’s best teams haven’t faced many opponents currently near the top of the rankings.” – Adding commentary on the changes to come following: “That should correct itself quickly, though. For example, TCU will have played Oklahoma State by the time the committee releases its second ranking. By the time it releases its third, Baylor and Oklahoma will have played.” – Seems they’ve got it figured out.  With the importance of this ranking coming quite soon, top tier teams can’t afford to make many, if any mistakes.

Ohio State Quarterback JT Barrett got suspended for one game and that won’t do the Buckeyes any good. Barrett was suspended by coach Urban Meyer because he was cited by police for operating a vehicle while impaired; after failing a breathalyzer test he was released to fellow teammate and quarterback Cardale Jones. Barrett will not be playing in the Buckeyes game against Minnesota on Nov. 7th.

That said, Ohio State is in the number one spot in both the AP and Coaches poll. Baylor, Clemson, LSU and TCU are all in the top five of both polls.

The Baylor Bears are happy that their quarterback Seth Russell is doing OK. Russell was injured in last week’s game against Iowa State; he endured a season-ending neck injury, but fortunately, the operation he had to undergo went along smoothly. The Bears will have to make do with freshman Jarrett Stidham in Russell’s absence. This sudden and unexpected change in the Bear offense will surely cause some ripples in the water over at Baylor. We will have to see if Stidham has what it takes to finish the job Russell started.

Clemson are ranked third in the AP poll and fifth in the Coaches poll. The Tigers beat Miami last week and will face Florida State next week. If the Tigers can win that game, they will have successfully earned the title at the Atlantic Division of the ACC. They are very excited and happy about their season and won’t be slowing down any time soon. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said “I think we’re a team obviously that’s in the hunt, we’ve earned that. It’s fun to be in November going into the championship run to be in the conversation. That’s a blast. That’s where we want to be. I mean, we embrace that. But we want to be there Dec. 6.

LSU certainly has history on their side going into end of this season. It seem the Tigers are on a Four-year plan. in 2003 the LSU Tigers won the SEC and the BCS titles, four years later they won both again, another four years later they won the SEC title and played in the BCS Championship game undefeated. It’s been four years since that last great season for LSU, meanwhile, the Tigers are looking quite ready to claim their titles once more, and they are the only undefeated team in the SEC and will be hungry to take home the honors.

November 8, 2015 by : Posted in College Football No Comments

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